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Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Carl Hooper and Shivnarine Chanderpaul: Architects of a memorable win

West Indies have been through some dark times recently, losing at home and away, leaving one wonder about the glorious past of a great cricket team that was almost invincible for a decade. The famed fast bowlers and the batting legends have all retired; the one remaining warrior, Brian Lara is injured. Things could not have been any worse for the once mighty Windies team.

West Indies had lost its previous two encounters against India in the triangular series for the Coca Cola Cup. They went into the final against the favourites India at Harare Sports Club on Saturday, knowing too well that their batsmen will have to produce the goods. Windies skipper Carl Hooper who is leading their renaissance lost the toss to his Indian counterpart Sourav Ganguly. The ever-confident Indian captain did not hesitate to ask West Indies to bat first.

Daren Ganga played a blitzkrieg of 71 off just 62 balls and gave his team a great launch by adding 86 runs for the first wicket with Chris Gayle (43). West Indies lost a couple of quick wickets and were 130/3 in the 25th over. It was a crucial time of the innings, as Windies could not afford to lose any more wickets and yet had to keep the scoreboard moving.

The two batsmen in the middle were the senior most batsmen from Guyana, Carl Hooper and the left-handed Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The two batsmen consolidated by picking up the runs in singles and twos. In the 29th over Hooper showed signs of aggression by pulling Sodhi for a boundary. More was to follow in the next over, Hooper smacking Shewag for a huge six over mid-wicket.

Chanderpaul too got into the act by striking a boundary each off Shewag and Ganguly. There was no stopping the two batsmen as they went on accumulating runs by easing the ball through the gaps in the field; the fifty partnership came up in just 8.4 overs. Hooper took complete control of the situation, not wasting any time to bring up his half century off just 46 balls.

The two batsmen raised their 100 runs partnership in 17 overs. Chanderpaul was the slower of the two batsmen as he took 62 balls to get to his well deserved fifty. In the same over, Chanderpaul fell to Nehra, bowled while trying to play across the line. Chanderpaul scored 50 off 64 balls with the help of three boundaries. The fourth wicket partnership yielded 108 runs in 18.4 overs. As it transpired at the end of the day, this turned out to be the match winning partnership for West Indies.

Hooper went on to make 66 off 63 balls with the help of three boundaries and a six, before being caught by Harbhajan Singh off the bowling of Zaheer Khan. West Indies made 290/6 in 50 overs, Ridley Jacobs (26*) playing yet another cameo. Later in the day West Indies went on to celebrate a great victory by restricting India to 274/6 in 50 overs. Corey Collymore (4/49) was indeed the hero of a resounding win. Hooper and Chanderpaul take the honours for the best partnership of a memorable day which saw West Indies taking the Coca Cola Cup.

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Results & Scores
West Indies won by 16 runs
West Indies 290/6 (50 ov)
India 274/8 (50 ov)

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